Re: Sociocracy in cohousing - resources for learning
From: Ted J Rau (
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 05:50:36 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks, Diana. The more direct link to SoFA's conference for communities is

Adding to Diana's resources, all of SoFA's resources for communities that
are freely available are gathered on our community page
<>, including a number of case
studies and webinar recordings.


On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 8:24 PM Diana Leafe Christian <diana [at]> wrote:

> Hello,
> If you're interested in learning sociocracy, the self-governance and
> decision-making method becoming increasingly popular in cohousing, I
> resources.
> It's easier for a forming cohousing group to use sociocracy effectively as
> compared to an already-existing community using consensus.  But an existing
> cohousing community _can_ successfully shift to sociocracy, and Pioneer
> Valley Cohousing in Amherst did it years ago.(See the video on youtube,
> Dynamic Governance for Intentional Community.) Recently Cambridge Cohousing
> successfully shifted to sociocracy after years of using consensus too. In
> Coho/US' Aug 29 Cohousing Over Time Conference  Jerry Koch-Gonzalez of
> Sociocracy for All (SoFA) and Norma Wassel, a member of Cambridge
> Cohousing, described how Cambridge Cohousing did it. (I just checked the
> Coho/US website to see how to see the recording of this and other
> workshops, perhaps for a fee, but I couldn't find a way to do it. I'll
> check with Coho/US and report back here. I'd love for people interested in
> sociocracy to see this presentation!)
> Another resource is SoFA's Sociocracy in Communities Conference on
> November 20 of this year.
>   My
> workshop will be, " 'The Four Necessary Conditions' to Use Socicoracy
> Effectively in Intentional Communities."
> Today, Sept 20, is the deadline for the Early Bird Discount ($225) for my
> upcoming 10-Week Online Sociocracy Training, Oct 2-Dec 4 (10-noon Pacific,
> 1-3 Eastern).The regular price is $245-$445 sliding scale. We teach
> sociocracy specifically for cohousing and other kinds of communities, as I
> know community dynamics well and the kinds of things that can happen in
> communities that can enhance, or thwart!, using sociocracy effectively.The
> course features videos and handouts to see ahead of the weekly two-hour
> live practice sessions, and an optional Socicoracy Buddies program to talk
> one-on-one with a different course participant each week about what people
> just learned. Two different forming cohousing groups signed up for the
> training today, as well as communitarians in the UK, France, and Russia. It
> ought to be a lively and fu international group.
> Two other Special Discounts are available from now until Oct. 2. The
> Five-or-More-People-Discount, $200 per person, is to encourage several
> people from the same group to learn sociocracy at the same time — which
> works especially well for communities. And the Second Person Discount, $200
> per person, is offered to someone from the same group as a previous
> participant in our online course. For more information, diana [at]
> Diana Leafe Christian
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